High school basketball coaches look for their point guard to be a quarterback on the court.

High school basketball coaches look for their point guard to be a quarterback on the court.

It means everything from having enough vision to thinking two steps ahead, knowing personnel and reacting on the fly.

Essentially, the point guard is a coach's version of an avatar.

You probably won't find a better example in the postseason than the one on the New Albany girls team.

The Eagles were a Division II district runner-up the last two seasons with Miami University-recruit Hannah Robertson playing point guard.

With Robertson moved to shooting guard and her team now in Division I, New Albany is a contender for a district championship with freshman Hannah Scipio as its point guard.

Scipio is hardly a typical ninth-grader, though. She has been playing at the AAU level for Eagles coach Jamie Puryear for five years.

Scipio also is Puryear's daughter.

"During the basketball season we have our ups and downs because I'm a discipline coach, and sometimes playing for a parent, your expectations are higher," Puryear said. "Early in the season I even booted her out of a practice for not giving maximum effort. Hannah (Robertson) was our point guard the last two years but we were asking her to do everything. We needed someone at that spot to run the offense and we wanted Hannah Robertson to relax and play her game. The most wonderful thing I like about (Scipio) is that she knows how to run a team."

For Scipio, gaining the trust of her teammates wasn't difficult because they were aware of her success at the AAU level.

She also quickly has become one of the team's top defenders.

"As a point guard, I have to be able to take in what the coach says and tell it to my team so that they can understand it," Scipio said. "The offense has come pretty easily because I've been running (Puryear's) offense since I was in fourth grade and defense has always been one of my strengths, and that's important for a point guard because they're the leader of the team."

While Scipio represents an example of the player who most coaches refer to as a "pure" point guard because of her interest in using passing and defense to set her team's tone, Gahanna's Stevie Taylor might be the perfect model of the passing point guard with an almost equal ability to score.

Welcome, the "combo" point guard.

On the way to leading his team to an undefeated start through the season's first two months, Taylor shot better than 47 percent from 3-point range and averaged more than 17 points.

"It depends on what you need for your team," Taylor said. "It's all about reading the defense. The point guard has got to pick up things really quickly. You have to think two steps ahead of everyone else."

Quickness and the ability to see the floor well are aspects that set Nicole Olszewski's game apart.

The Austin Peay-signee who helped Pickerington North earn the district's No. 1 seed has shown enough offensive ability to be one of her team's top scorers.

Because she's just 5-6, however, she knows being able to create and handle whatever the opposition throws at her team's offense will always be her most important attributes.

"Everything about the game is controlled by the point guard," Olszewski said. "Sometimes there's a little bit of pressure in it, but that's what we play for -- getting past pressure. I like to create things, but a lot of times I'm so small I can't finish."

Columbus East senior Jerry Dixon has had to balance his own offensive talents with those of senior teammate Jordan Laster.

Although Dixon has been the Tigers' point guard all season, he had a 46-point performance in mid-December and averages more than 25 points. Laster, who was the team's leading scorer last year when Dixon was sitting out after transferring from Columbus South, scored 43 in a game earlier this season.

"It was (Laster's) team coming in, but he's made me feel like I'm the point guard and that I should run the team," Dixon said. "When he has nights like that, he's going to get the ball."

Much of the reason the Brookhaven girls team earned the district's No. 4 seed has been the improved play of junior point guard Briana Holmes.

Teaching Holmes how to focus more on passing and less on offense has been among coach Reggie Lee's biggest projects the last two seasons.

Holmes is one of five Bearcats who average between six and 12 points.

"She used to maybe do more one-on-one than she does now," Lee said. "She's started to understand that the role of a point guard is to get plays going, establish the offense and not to score."

Sometimes Northland junior Trey Burke still needs to be reminded of what part of his role comes first.

During his two seasons as the starting point guard, the Vikings have earned a Division I state title last year and are No. 1 in the nation this season according to most polls, including USA Today.

In games such as the Vikings' 53-52 win over Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep on Dec. 17 when Jared Sullinger scored 31 points, it's easy for Burke to recognize who has the hot hand.

According to coach Satch Sullinger, Burke possesses a quality he calls "KYP" -- know your personnel. A big part of that trait, Satch Sullinger said, is being able to get players the ball where they can easily turn it into baskets.

Burke averages more than 15 points and had five performances of at least 20 points over the Vikings' first 17 games.

However, the 5-11 junior, who has verbally committed to Penn State, sometimes admits he has to check his desire to shoot from the outside at the door.

"Sometimes I catch myself trying to score a little too much and coach (Satch Sullinger) gets on me, like if I come down when nobody is set up and take a bad 3," Burke said. "He's called me to be more of a point guard."